Week #2

Welcome back to our new series of blog posts, Simplifying The Geek Speak! How many times have you asked a simple question, let’s say…”How do I make my computer run faster?”…and receive an answer along the lines of… “We need a check disk, a defrag, possibly a modification to the startup services and the boot.ini file, if that doesn’t work then an anti-virus blah blah blah blah…”. And all you want to say is…”Are you speaking a different language?”.

Well, this blog line is setting out to simplify the overly complicated. Our second example is –

The second option is Disk Cleanup. Remember Hansel and Gretel walking through the woods and dropping pieces of bread on the path to try and make sure they knew the way home? Well, your computer does the same thing. Open a web page, a file is stored on the computer so the web page can be found easier – known as “cookies”. (Which is kind of ironic considering we are talking about a food trail in the woods.) Install a file and the computer leaves the same kind of trail. Put something in the trash can? It’s still there…waiting for you to dump the trash. And on it goes with other “temporary” files. The nice thing is that Microsoft has put a tool right on the computer to help you clean up all these extra bread crumbs – like the little forest animals that ate all of the crumbs. And of course, the result is a faster computer.

To use Disk Cleanup (Windows 8)-

1. To open Disk Cleanup from the desktop, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings), tap or click Control Panel, type Admin in the Search box, tap or click Administrative Tools, and then double-tap or double-click Disk Cleanup.

2. In the Drives list, choose the drive you want to clean, and then tap or click OK.

3. In the Disk Cleanup dialog, select the checkboxes for the file types that you want to delete, tap or click OK, and then tap or click Delete files.

Note: I just put checks in all of the little boxes.

Disk Cleanup might take a few minutes to run depending on how many bread crumbs you have out there to clean up. No worries, you can keep using your computer while it runs.

If you would like to learn more about this or any Microsoft Dynamics products, please contact Complete Software by calling 410-740-1090 or by emailing support@completesoftware.net!

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